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BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW class of 1955 will meet on 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral. Call 305-637-6677.

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New PBS film unearths 'Birth of Miami Sound'

Deep City producers inspired by grit and soul of Overtown environment

With notebooks of musical compositions and business savvy, recent college graduates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall returned to the gritty, rhythmic neighborhoods of Black Miami inspired by the brassy beats of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Their mission: to create music.

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‘Lift Every Voice’ connects FMU to Black History

Inaugural jazz concert for new university President Roslyn Artis

It was over a century ago that a chorus of 500 children performed a song to be heralded by generations of Blacks. The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” indelibly connects Florida Memorial University (FMU) to the soundtrack of history. In an extension of that history, the university is hosting a jazz concert Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts to commemorate the new presidency of Roslyn Artis.

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Inventing the possible space

Bold new exhibit explores possibilities over hard times

A new era is set to begin at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art next week with the opening of an edgy new exhibit called Third Space: Inventing the Possible. The exhibit explores the challenges of the human condition, but it also illustrates the struggles of MOCA, an institution at a critical crossroad as it tries to redefine itself to re-connect to the art community.

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John Bunyan: ‘Simply call me a Christian,’ the greatest title

John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), who wrote the classic “Pilgrim’s Progress,” was imprisoned for twelve years for preaching without an official license from the king. He was viewed as a dissenter, who did not compromise in his beliefs or writings with the leading authorities of his time. Therefore, he was not ordained in the Church of England. He would endure years in prison and many personal sacrifices, rather than giving up his Godly calling to preach the gospel to the world.

L.O.V.E. raises violence awareness

L.O.V.E. (Love over Violence and Evil) and S.H.E.A.R., Inc. (Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction), both non-profit organizations, have teamed up with Lively Stones for Jesus Ministries and Apostle Dr. Thelma B. Knowles to host the 1st L.O.V.E. Field Day and Music Festival. The event will take place Sat., Nov. 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens.

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God doesn’t consider gender when his message is at stake

Born in 1953 in Cordele, GA., Emily Moore-Harris says “The next year, “my family relocated to Miami. “I was raised in this city and have lived here all of my life. I My husband James and I have three sons: Adrian, Alvin and Kori. After graduating from Miami Central High School in 1971 she later attended Miami Dade College where she graduated in 1994. She enrolled in Florida International University (FIU) before she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in psychology.

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Queen Mother Nana has 80th birthday and instooled three locals

Queen Mother Boatenma Constance Ekon (Nana) was recently given a grand birthday bash that was attended by several movers and shakers in Miami’s Black community. It was standing room only on Aug. 17 at The American Legion Post 29 at 6445 NE 7th Ave. where relatives, politicians, community leaders and citizens came to celebrate her 80th birthday and “instool” three selectees. To instool means to elevate a selected individual from the rank of great standing in their community, city or state, to that of African royalty; usually to the state of “Queen Mother.”

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Don't let sin hold you hostage

Too many individuals allow their past failures, sins that were purposely plotted, schemed and implemented, and the ones that “just happened” to hold them hostage and keep them from freely serving the Lord. Don’t let sin hold you hostage.

FIU students shocked by discrimination case

Engineering school inviting of all cultures, races

Florida International University (FIU) is headed to court Sept. 22 in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former professor who was fired after several attempts to teach in Haiti. Sylvan Jolibois was fired last December and is hoping to reclaim his job in the engineering school, but FIU students were largely unaware of him and his case against the university.

Hialeah names first Black female police sargeant

The City of Hialeah promoted its first Black female sergeant in the department’s 89-year history. At a ceremony last month, Karen Smith-Bonilla, 40, received the promotion after serving the department for 15 years. Smith-Bonilla is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Charles R. Drew Middle School and Comstock Elementary in Allapattah. She joined the Hialeah police department as an intern in 1999. Since then, Smith-Bonilla has worked her way up to patrol officer then detective.

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FMU holds 2014 Fall Convocation

The Honorable James E.C. Perry, Chief Justice of the State of Florida Supreme Court receives the President’s award from Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Justice Perry was the speaker at the Florida Memorial University 2014 Fall Convocation Ceremony.

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CRA to begin construction of modern gym at Gibson Park

Overtown’s Theodore R. Gibson Park is going through a second revamping with the groundbreaking of a new gym Friday, Sept. 19. Miami mayor Tomas Regalado will join District 5 City Commissioner Keon Hardemon on the grounds of the soon-to-be facility at 10 a.m. The gym, which will be two stories, is designed to s

Miami Gardens may gain yardage over stadium area

A proposed agreement by Miami-Dade County officials would give Miami Gardens the right to issue building permits for land around Sun Life Stadium. Commissioner Barbara Jordan, whose district includes Miami Gardens, sponsored the resolution at a Sept. 3 commission meeting, where officials proposed giving the predominately Black city the right to make recommendations to the county on future land-use applications around the stadium.

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Mega mall moves forward

City approves zoning for the project that will bring jobs to Overtown

After hearing frustrated Overtown residents and business leaders, the City of Miami commission last Thursday unanimously voted to approve two zoning changes for the proposed Miami Mall at Worldcenter downtown.

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Community reacts to disparity report

Inequities apparent as Black contractors fight for M-DCPS contracts

Dozens of professionals and community residents packed Freedom Hall near Northside last Wednesday to hear alarming details of a scathing report that accuses Miami-Dade County Public Schools of shutting out Black contractors from hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts.

Dade County budget all set for final vote

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed $6.3 billion budget proposal is set for a final vote on Thursday at 5 p.m. at county hall. A marathon meeting is expected as commissioners decide on key cuts to programs to make up for several budget shortfalls in various county departments, including transit operations, which was left with a $7.6 million deficit after commissioners voted against a fare hike in Metrorail and Metrobus services.

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The Slumlord Files

Efforts underway to relocate tenants from filthy living conditions

In one apartment, human feces and water once leaked from the ceiling into the kitchen. In another unit, the ceiling collapsed and hit a 16-year-old boy who was sleeping in his bedroom. In many of the apartments, the walls are rotting from mold and water damage. One tenant, Wayne Carroll is forced to take showers at another location because the mold-infested tub is too unbearable. And his sinks back up when he turns on the water. The rusting toilet doesn’t always work.

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Crist meets with angry Black pastors

Holds meeting to heal relations regarding lawsuit that affects Black choice schools at churches

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist scrambled to repair relations with the Black electorate last weekend after the former governor refused to denounce a lawsuit that affects the future of thousands of Black children in Florida. Crist held an emergency closed-door meeting with dozens of Black pastors at New Birth Baptist Church last Friday after a lawsuit was filed by the Florida Education Association and several teachers’ unions. The organizations seek to dismantle school choice programs at Black churches across the state. Choice schools are supported by school vouchers as part of a growing Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which matches corporations dollar for dollar in tax credits to underwrite private education.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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